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    Eyesbright

    The Democratic Party is a coalition.  It contains people who have different interests and preferences that may conflict.  If Democrats were the progressive party and all non-progressives were in the other party, then Democrats would be a minority.

    So, how do you build consensus among progressive/liberal Democrats and non-progressive/liberal Democrats?  The progressives have to offer enough to non-progressives so that they don't choose to ally with conservatives.  The non-progressives need to offer enough to progressives so they don't think that they are being asked to give up too much and would be just as well-off if they formed a separate party.  This is a simplified description because there is a multitude of factions that need to be brought together.

    In theory, the party can use primaries as a proxy for fighting between factions, with an understanding that if you take part in the fight, you are obligated to give your support to the winner in a general election.  Even then, you don't always get candidates who are clearly better on every issue.  How do you decide between the candidate who is better on Issue A and the candidate who is better on Issue B?

    With a political climate of permanent campaign, that seems insufficient.  So we have fights here.

    We don't all agree on every single issue.  We can't all fulfill a narcissistic desire to have the party align perfectly with our own individual policy choices.  So, how do we decide who gets disappointed?  People complain about being thrown under the bus when thy get disappointed.  Do they accept that they are throwing other people under the bus when they get their way on a different issue?

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